Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the standard for green building design and green building procedures certification in the United States and is becoming more prominent in the world. Paralleled to other classifications, building commissioning category adds the most to the tremendous attainable points in the LEED certification system. As we commence to grasp the limits of earth’s biosphere, confirming that sustainable practices are amalgamating into new buildings and into older buildings are vital to eliminate unsustainable stresses on the environment. The aim of this study is to review the building commissioning process in accordance with the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) requirements for contemporary construction projects from contractor’s views in order to measure changes needed and to highlight shortcomings of the requirements process steps during the life cycle of project. Additionally, it will help keeping up with the rapidly evolving commissioning industry through the analysis of the contractor’s perception to the building commissioning process and its compliance to this process. Building commissioning process is a tool to ensure that all building systems have been designed, installed, tested and operated in accordance with the original design and project scope, which results, ultimately, in producing a better product for the owner and society. To achieve the objectives of this study, the researcher conducted a review on the subject resulting in a comprehensive description of the building commissioning process. It is evident from the review that, practitioners who appreciate these priorities and differences, are probable to be better stood to make sustainability-related judgements in building design and construction.
Volume 11 | 05-Special Issue